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NEA Focus February 24, 2004
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February 24, 2004

>Education Secretary Rod Paige Wrong About NEA
>NEA President Calls Education Secretary's Comments 'Morally Repugnant'
>Urge Congress to Support Social Security Fairness
>Higher Education 'Advocate:' Should Students' Opinions Count Toward Tenure?

This week ...

>"Teacher Says," an online chat from the "Washington Post" will feature NEA Secretary-Treasurer Lily Eskelsen. Sign on from 2-3 p.m. (EST), Tuesday, Feb. 24.

>Read Good News about your local schools.

Education Secretary Rod Paige Wrong About NEA

We have heard from thousands educators who came home from schools Monday to hear themselves and their professional organization referred to as "terrorists" by the top federal education official. Our members say this national leader has insulted them -- this time beyond repair.
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NEA President Calls Education Secretary's Comments 'Morally Repugnant'

Read our statement and see for yourself why educators who fight for children and public education aren't happy with Rod Paige's reference to NEA as a "terrorist" organization. Paige made the comment Feb. 23 during a private meeting of governors. Here's our response:
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Urge Congress to Support Social Security Fairness

Some educators along with public employees face harsh penalties from proposed Government Pension Offsets. Spouses are penalized with a two-thirds deduction from their Social Security survivor benefits. This can mean the difference between self-sufficiency and poverty for widowed and lower income women.

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